MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 26, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 19

With 11 games in Major League Soccer this past week we figured we’d get a fair amount of movement in the rankings. For the most part we did. Finally, a week with no scoreless draws made things so much more enjoyable as we had plenty of goals to discuss and plenty of points to talk about.

There were no real big winners or losers in this week’s rankings. For the most part the top remained the same except for New York taking a bit of a dip due to their struggles this past week. I’m sure they’ll be back though.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 11-2-9 42 pts. A midweek win over a solid Columbus team keeps the Galaxy on top for me. It seems like whenever anyone gets close to them, they pull away yet again.
2 (3) 11-5-6 39 pts. Nice four point week for Dallas on the road. Big test ahead in El Salvador as the club enters their first CCL game this Thursday before hosting Chivas USA on Sunday. Lots of travel here for Dallas.
3 (2) 10-4-8 38 pts. No game to keep them up except for that beating they took from Manchester United in a friendly. Friendly or not, losing 7-0 is always embarrassing.
4 (4) 9-3-6 33 pts. RSL is quietly sitting back, winning games that they should like against San Jose and are quietly getting closer to the top of the standings.
5 (5) 8-4-7 31 pts. Held their own against Real Madrid. Not bad I must say.
6 (7) 6-6-8 26 pts. Twelve matches without a loss, a new club record. With the offense showing up for a change and a long home stand that number should only go up.
7 (8) 8-5-7 31 pts. The Crew inch their way into a tie for first with Philadelphia. Hard to believe it but this club could very well be a contender here.
8 (6) 6-5-12 30 pts. Not sure how New York’s defense has gotten any better as of late. Two games this week and they give up six goals. I thought Frank Rost was suppose to settle this defense down.
9 (12) 7-6-10 31 pts. Okay, so don’t count these Rapids out just yet. They fumbled some points to New England but that win over New York is what everyone is talking about still. They’re still in the discussion here, with little depth and all.
10 (13) 6-7-8 26 pts. Justin Braun showed up at the right time against Houston. Hard to believe it but if the playoffs started now, these Goats would be in it.
11 (9) 5-7-7 24 pts. Still winless on the road. Houston made some moves last week to free up some cap space but they desperately need a playmaker now.
12 (10) 5-6-7 23 pts. Off in the league but hosted Everton. Yeah, not much to say about that 3-1 loss.
13 (12) 5-6-7 23 pts. I’m sure keeper Jon Busch will hear a little call from the league for that birdie he flashed Jason Kreis’ way on Saturday.
14 (14) 6-10-3 21 pts. Tough loss in Columbus but I do like the addition of Lovel Palmer to their defense on the right side.
15 (15) 2-6-12 18 pts. Not a bad performance against Manchester United. They can at least say that their starters took a 1-0 lead into the half against them.
16 (16) 4-9-8 20 pts. Nearly had a six point week but keeper mistakes by Matt Reis and poor defending didn’t help matters.
17 (18) 2-10-9 15 pts. I like the addition of Mustapha Jarju to this club, but their defense still has a ways to go here.
18 (17) 3-11-9 18 pts. With all of those moves the Reds still looked a bit lost out there. I’m sure we’re not done seeing Aron Winter wheel and deal.